Rolling into Thanksgiving on the heels of a loss isn’t the way the Miami Dolphins wanted to celebrate the holiday this weekend, however make no mistake about it– the huge image of this franchise must definitely have Dolphins fans all over awakening today grateful for the development the team has revealed this season. Just how far ahead of schedule are the Dolphins? There were a lot of fans after Sunday’s 20-13 loss to the Broncos that felt entirely ravaged and deflated by the loss, which was Miami’s first since Week 4 to the Seattle Seahawks.

The Dolphins sit at 6-4 in the 2nd year of Brian Flores’ tenure with the team, having currently surpassed their 2019 win total and sporting an 11-8 record over their last 19 football video games between the 5-4 finish to 2019 and the 6-4 start to 2020. Miami’s 6-3 start was their finest 9-game open up to a season in nearly 2 decades. Miami’s +62 point differential is the 6th best figure in the entire league. The offense, despite their battles, sees better days ahead with the fanbase’s favored successor to Dan Marino at the helm in Tua Tagovailoa and two (or 3, depending upon the week) novices along the offensive line with additional novices contributing to both the offending backfield and broad receiver room.

The Dolphins are disciplined; they’re the NFL’s 4th-least penalized team per game. Include in among the better unique groups systems in all of football and the team has enough tools in their tool kit to fly near the sun in their bid to develop rookies while concurrently winning football games.

Oh, right. And the man atop the daily operations plainly has a vision for the team he’s producing. Brian Flores’ Dolphins have actually embraced the very same personality as their coach: they’re difficult, ruthless, concentrated on the process and illustrate a fiery enthusiasm for the game.

Thanksgiving one year ago offered a plenty different story. The Dolphins were 2-9 and had just yielded 78 points in 2 losses at the hands of the Buffalo Costs and Cleveland Browns (plus an additional 891 lawns while requiring simply one turnover). From 2-9 to 6-4 and a game against the winless New York Jets looming this weekend on the schedule, which uses the Dolphins a prime opportunity to climb back into the win column and “solve” for the last push to the end of the season.

All of this stated, Miami’s future is much brighter than today. They are again equipped with NFL Draft capital and the Dolphins have viewed the Houston Texans’ season tailspin under the lack of instructions from their own ownership and the failures of Bill O’Brien the head coach and basic manager alike. Miami will possibly recoup top-10 choices in each of the first two rounds of the 2021 NFL Draft courtesy of the Texans.

So let that bitter taste of defeat from Week 11 go, Dolphins fans. This Thanksgiving, take an appearance in the rear view mirror and appreciate how far this group has can be found in 12 months. There’s no doubt you have plenty to be appreciative for.